Last Friday morning I ran 5 miles around my neighborhood. It wasn’t uncomfortable, it didn’t feel like I pushed too hard and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m glad that I did because it might have been the last run for a bit.
Last week I got the results of my last two MRI’s. My thoracic MRI wasn’t too bad, just a few stressed areas but nothing in the spine that looked too bad. My cervical MRI results were two pages long. Two. Flipping. Pages!
I’ve got Cervical Osteophyte Complex and severe foraminal narrowing plus other shit that I don’t even understand. It’s not pretty. And to make matters worse I’ve had serious pain (in the neck, literally) all weekend long. I was able to walk and so I did. I walked 9 miles total on Saturday and Sunday morning and the Kid and I walked several miles in the evening while playing Pokemon Go.
I see the neurologist again in mid-August and I’ll be able to talk to him about a plan of action. I’m confident we can get my lower spine back to a manageable level but I’m worried about the upper spine. There are multiple bone spurs and disc problems as well as the nerve issue. I’m also really worried about another thing they found that has nothing to do with the spine and I’ll be having a CT scan this week to determine how serious it is. I don’t know too much about it and I’m not ready to share just yet but I will once I know something.
Anyway, as you can imagine, I’ve been a little stressed over the whole thing. The good news is, my lawn has never looked so good.
I replaced the old single brick row with this retaining wall. It’s not really brick but I think it looks pretty cool and it’s much easier to clean and care for.
When I’m stressed, I garden, I weed, and I prune. I like to put my hands in the dirt.
As proof, check out the palms and plants in the front yard with their new border.
And this new little display that I built in the backyard using old stuff that was just laying around.
And I finally found a use for my new bench. MacGyver and I went to Home Depot and got a few stone pavers and built a little patio for it.
Obviously I was more than a little stressed! I got a lot done. I probably did more yard work in two days than I’ve done in six months!
I did walk the dogs quite a bit this weekend too.
And of course I cant run right now so it makes perfect sense that this would show up:
I’m also almost to level 9 in Pokemon Go but more importantly the Kid and I are spending a lot of quality time together and seeing things like this.
And we got to meet this guy, but don’t worry we didn’t get close.
And that’s what’s going on around here.
I’m wondering for those of you who suffer from neck or back pain, what types of exercise are you able to do that is effective yet doesn’t cause pain or risk further injury?